Education, poverty and social exclusion

¿Continuidad o abandono escolar? El efecto de los centros educativos en las decisiones de continuidad formativa de los jóvenes

El objetivo general del proyecto es analizar el rol que juegan los centros educativos y el profesorado en las decisiones de continuidad formativa de los jóvenes. Para ello, se desarrolla un intenso trabajo etnográfico en cinco institutos públicos de la cuidad de Barcelona que incluye entrevistas a equipos directivos, profesorado, alumnado y familias; grupos de discusión; observación de aula y de reuniones pedagógicas; análisis documental; y análisis de datos estadísticos del Departamento de Educación.

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Early school leaving in Spain. An analysis of young people’s decisions, motivations and educational strategies

Reducing early school leaving (ESL) is one of the largest and most important challenges faced by European countries in general and Spain in particular. The high rates of school dropout at the end of compulsory secondary schooling not only hinder the social integration of those who suffer it, but above all reduce national productivity and competitiveness, put at risk the levels of equity and jeopardize social cohesion. An in-depth study of this phenomenon is of crucial importance when competitiveness, social cohesion and economic and social progress of the country are at stake.

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BEYOND TARGETING: Education, development and anti-poverty strategies in Southern America. A study of the implications of the new global political agenda in the region

This project continues the research line opened by the project GLOBDESAL (SEC2002-02480). In the context of the new anti-poverty strategies developed in Latin America during the nineties, the strategy of targeting the poor seem to have clear limits for reducing poverty (even in a situation of a certain economic growth). In order to overcome these limits, both international agencies and states are in a process of restructuring anti-poverty priorities and strategies, especially by concentrating programmes and resources and by designing more integrated and cross-sectoral focalised programmes.

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EDUMERCAL. The new quasi-market reforms in education in Latin America. An analysis of policy processes and policy impacts on inequalities and poverty

One of the most significant changes in the new forms of education governance is the increasing protagonist role of the private sector in educational provision and educational financing. International organisations with great capacity to shape educational political agendas for development, like the World Bank, have recently emphasised the importance of introducing innovative strategies in the provision and funding of education involving the private sector.

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